Brighton and Sussex University
Degree Type & Length: 5 Years
UCAS Code: A100
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? No
Applicants: 1100
Interviews: 550
Offers: 230
Places: 134
Academic entry requirement:

BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) 

BSMS requires all applicants to sit the BMAT in the year of application in order to be considered for interview. You are required to register with BMAT assessment centres prior to the test. Please refer to the BMAT website for key dates and additional information. The results of the BMAT will be used to assess each application and will form part of the process to select applicants for interview. BMAT may also be used as a final discriminator if needed after interview.


AAAb - Most standard offers for entry to BSMS are conditional on gaining three A grades at A-level and B grade or above in the fourth AS subject, following the study of at least four subjects to AS-level. Both Biology and Chemistry must have been studied to A-level and passed with a minimum A grade.

We do not specify the nature of the third A-level subject but it should be noted that General Studies is not acceptable at any level. BSMS reserves the right to make alternative offers where appropriate.

Scottish Highers

You will normally three Advanced Highers including Biology and Chemistry grades A plus a Higher Level subject at grade B or above, or two Advanced Highers in Biology and Chemistry at grades A plus 2 Higher Level subjects at Grades A.

Welsh Baccalaureate

BSMS welcomes applicants applying to us with the Welsh Baccalaureate. Normally you will be required to achieve an A grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma as well as 2 A grades at A level to include both Biology and Chemistry. Applicants will also be required to have an additional AS level at grade B to exclude General Studies.

Medical School Website:
Medical School Contact Information: BSMS Teaching Building
University of Sussex
East Sussex


T: 01273 606755
+44 (0)1273 643528 / 643529 / 641966
Key attribute of medical institute: Feedback from the National Student Survey has demonstrated an exceptionally high level of student satisfaction, with BSMS students consistently returning overall satisfaction rates above 95%.
Course Structure:

Phase 1 

This covers years 1 and 2, and is based primarily at both the Brighton and Sussex university campuses at Falmer, one of the benefits of being members of two universities in the same city.

The purpose-built teaching facilities at Falmer provide a modern anatomy laboratory, tutorial and seminar rooms, lecture theatres, clinical science laboratories and IT resource suites. Fully equipped consultation rooms, identical to those used in GP surgeries and hospital out-patients departments, provide a setting in which to learn history taking and examination. These are sited close to a clinical skills training area which also houses an advanced patient simulator, computer-controlled to represent normal and abnormal physiology and a realistic response to drugs.

The academic year

The academic year is organised into three terms of approximately 10 weeks each. About 25% of your learning at this stage will be clinically based and will include gaining experience in primary care and community medicine, and in different out-patient settings in the School's partner hospitals.

Developing clinical skills from day 1

You will carry out two individual family studies - in year 1 with a family looking after a new baby, and in year 2, by observing a patient with a chronic illness. You will start to develop clinical skills in history-taking, physical examination, diagnosis and effective communication with patients. At the same time, you will study the normal and abnormal functioning of the human body using a system-based approach. You will complete a series of integrated modules, which cover the core biomedical and psychosocial sciences that every doctor must know, together with student selected components (SSCs) that allow you to undertake individual studies and explore selected topics in depth, informed by the latest research.

Phase 2

This covers years 3 and 4, and is based at the Audrey Emerton Building, the Education Centre at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. During these years, a balance between clinical and academic studies is maintained. You will consolidate your increasing clinical experience with your understanding of the underlying clinical, social science and public health issues.

Phase 3 

This covers year 5. Year 5 provides intense clinical and professional preparation for your first year in practice after qualification. Attachments will involve joining small clinical teams in medicine, elderly care, surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics, general practice and mental health, where your learning will be based on close involvement with routine clinical cases. Central to your study will be the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients presenting to these different areas of practice, acting as a member of the clinical team with the foundation doctors.

Weekly clinical symposia, focussing on specific medical problems or diseases, emphasise the importance of problem solving and the integration of clinical and scientific information from different disciplines. There is an emphasis throughout on small group teaching, in addition to core lectures and symposia, with most year 1 and 2 classes in groups of eight or 16 students.

Brighton and Sussex University